Welcome to the Schoharie Democrats website. This website is dedicated to the belief that through grassroots activism Schoharie County Democrats are empowered to fully participate in the democratic process and electoral politics.
Our democratic way of life, and in fact our entire middle class is threatened by economic uncertainty and negative growth, environmental degradation, unequal access to health care, unfair pressures on our educational systems, and erosion of civil liberties.
We are at a critical juncture in the United States – we can allow rampant special interests, the ultra wealthy, and big business to make our decisions for us, or we can work together to elect candidates who will lead in shaping our future. Together, we can make a difference in electing local, state and national candidates who have a vision of the future as well as working on issues critical to YOU, our communities and nation.
Schoharie County Democrats Preamble and Platform
In ratifying the Constitution of the United States, our founding fathers and we entered into a social contract. The terms of the contract are stipulated in the Preamble:
We the people of the United States, in order to establish a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity. . .
By the promise of the Constitution, and by our acceptance of the benefits guaranteed therein, Americans—-whatever the origin, status or means—are mutually bound.
We propose that the political voice of the Democratic Party address the extent to which the three branches of government, as well as other systems, organizations, and private citizens, are meeting their obligations under the Constitution. When breaches of these conditions exist, the Democratic Party at local, state, and federal levels must make plain and emphatic its protest, and seek legal redress or political change. In addition, Democrats must strive to inform and encourage the general public in meeting their responsibilities as citizen observers and participants in government. Just as we would hold governmental and private bodies accountable, as individual citizens we must accept a concomitant duty to promote and defend the precepts enshrined in the Preamble. If we fail in our obligations we may revert to a society in which political, social, and economic well-being will be wholly the preserve of the few and the powerful.
Democrats endorse and promote the common rights of citizens enumerated in the Constitution and Bill of Rights. In an effort to translate some of these rights into specifics, most Democrats recognize the right to equal protection under the law, to universal access to quality public education and to health care; the right to a living wage, to decent housing, to safe food, to properly managed environmental protections, and to safe, reliable energy.
To further specify not only how these principles apply on the local level, but also how closely the local situation, as it exists, conforms to what we regard as right, fair, constructive and workable, it is our obligation to assess how we are being governed and how both the governance and the situation might be improved. This assessment should be conveyed through communications and candidacies. If, for example, the views of our party’s elected officials—and therefore, the views of their constituents—are being ignored, we should publicize them in a persuasive and timely manner. At the same time, we should insist that deliberations of local governing bodies be fully open and, further, broadcast for the information of the public.
§ The sound, environmentally friendly use of resources, and the provision of conscientiously drawn, properly disseminated, and consistently applied regulations.
§ Sensible, functional conservation and preservation measures.
§ The vigorous promotion of local business, agriculture, and manufacturing as essential responsibility of local government, especially in an area where we have valuable resources and a relatively negligible tax base in order to provide jobs and expand the tax base.
§ Initiatives aimed at sustainable agriculture and direct marketing, and those aimed at adding value to local resources.
§ Local and regional entrepreneurs, who have a real stake in the growth and prosperity of the community.
§ Well-integrated, well-publicized and well-funded social services including an expansion of Medicare/Medicaid to include preventive care and wellness.
§ Efforts to improve infrastructure where it is outdated or inadequate, and to provide amenities both for the benefit of the community and for visitors.